Personality and Temperament
The American longhair is not a specific cat breed, although aficionados are encouraging cat fancy associations to recognize this unique feline. For now, the term American longhair is used to indicate a cross between a Persian cat and an American shorthair cat.
American longhair cats are typically medium-sized, reflecting the size and weight of their parents. Their coats come in a variety of colors and patterns and in varying degrees of thickness. There is sometimes confusion concerning the American longhair cat vs the Maine coon cat. This stems from the description of the Maine coon as America's original longhair cat.
American longhair cats have no special nutritional needs. Their only requirement is a high quality meat-based diet.
Like their Persian parent, the American longhair cat often has a very fine undercoat that requires frequent brushing to prevent mats from forming, and to prevent hairballs.
Regular ear cleaning might be necessary, and you will probably want to clip your cats claws, too.
American longhair cats are playful, but less active than high-energy breeds such as the Abyssinian. These cats need scratching posts and toys, and they will almost certainly appreciate window seats and cat trees.
The average American longhair cat is a healthy, robust individual without any specific health problems. Since these cats are of mixed heritage, they tend to display the best of both breeds.
The first American longhair was the result of a breeding between a Persian cat and an American shorthair cat, with the intention of infusing the offspring with the brilliant silver color of the Persian.
The resulting cats, now known as American longhair cats, had pleasant but not clingy personalities and soft coats in different colors.
All American longhair cats have pedigreed parents; each can be traced back to a Persian parent and an American shorthair parent. Some cat fancier associations allow American longhair cats to be registered, however larger organizations do not yet recognize the American longhair as a distinct breed.
Although the American longhair cat has a friendly, mellow personality with adults and older children, they are often frightened of younger children and will make themselves scarce when young kids are present.
American longhair cats are generally friendly toward other animals, with a noted preference for horses and friendly dogs. This doesn't mean they won't hunt smaller animals; in fact, their hunting instinct is quite good. Small pets, fish, and birds should be kept secure if they share a household with an American longhair cat.
American longhair cats enjoy the great outdoors. If you've always wanted to walk a cat on a leash, this breed tends to appreciate such activities! Outdoor, on leash walks are a nice way to provide your cat with some exercise while allowing them to safely enjoy some fresh air.
Legs & Paws
The Breed Standard
How much does a American Longhair cat cost?
American Longhair cats cost between $100 - $1,000.
How big do American Longhair cats get?
American Longhair cats tend to be medium in size. A fully grown American Longhair cat might weigh between 8-15 pounds or more and range in height anywhere from about 10"-14" inches tall.
How long do American Longhair cats live?
The Average lifespan for American Longhair is 12-17 years.
Do American Longhair cats shed?
American Longhair are long-haired cats, so you do have to expect a certain amount of shedding from this breed, but they don't shed as much as other cat breeds.